Japan to accept Filipino domestic helpers soon

  • Filipino domestic helpers may soon find work in Japan
  • Japan agrees to open its doors to Filipino household workers
  • Initially, Filipino domestic helpers will be accepted in only three Japanese prefectures

Filipinos looking for jobs abroad as household workers may soon find work in Japan as the country plans to open its doors to Filipino domestic helpers.

The hiring of Filipino domestic helpers by Japan was one of the topics discussed between President Benigno Aquino and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during their bilateral meeting at the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit on Thursday, November 19.

Japan, which currently accepts a limited number of Filipino nurses and caregivers, agreed to initially hire Filipino domestic workers for three of its prefectures including Osaka and Kanagawa, which are part of the Greater Tokyo area.

Niña P. Calleja wrote in her article published by the Philippine Daily Inquirer on November 22, 2015, that Japanese Press Secretary Yasuhisa Kawamura, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s spokesman, said at the earliest, the Japanese government might start hiring Filipino Household workers by the end of the year.

As to how many workers from the Philippines the Japanese government plans to hire was not specified in the agreement.

“It depends on how many people are wanted on the Japanese side. Based on the need, we will have the appropriate number of workers,” Kawamura said.

The Japanese press secretary added that the system to admit Filipino household workers is almost a done deal after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s approval.

“Abe requested from the side of the Philippines that the necessary preparations must be made so the agreement could be smoothly implemented,” Kawamura said.

Meanwhile, Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz, who welcomed Japan’s announcement of hiring more Filipino workers, said the Philippine government is negotiating with Japan to make the licensure examinations for Filipino nurses easier.

“We welcome the improving results of the licensure examination of Filipino nurses in Japan, but we continue to negotiate to make the language test easier so more of our nurses will pass and be able to work there,” Baldoz said.